As US President Barack Obama announces the specifics of a troop withdrawal, Afghan forces are preparing to take their country on by themselves.
While the move will shift resources in some ways, the foreign forces have much stronger fire power and a larger wealth of other resources.
In the meantime, NATO and US troops will continue to be stationed alongside some Afghan forces, although their role will not be for combat but rather for support and advice in the withdrawal transition.
By the end of 2014, when NATO forces are planning to be withdrawn completely, foreign forces hope that Afghan forces will be ready to secure their country on their own.
Al Jazeera's Bernard Smith reports from Afghanistan.
Source: Al Jazeera